(KMOV.com) -- The Internal Revenue Service raided a St. Louis area tax preparation company on Friday morning, shutting down operations at six metro branches.
News 4 was at two of the "Tax King" locations during the raids. The first location hit was inside the "Check Land Check Cashing" store in the 4300 block of Natural Bridge. The business was forced to shut down for a time but reopened around 11 a.m.
At the same time, the Currency Exchange in the 1800 block of Olive in downtown St. Louis was also raided. The other locations were 900 North Grand, 4318 North Grand, 1315 Kingshighway and 4541 Kingshighway.
According to IRS Special Agent John Nunez, IRS agents with the criminal investigation unit were present at each scene. Agents could be seen carrying boxes out of the businesses, though the contents were unknown.
Employees at the Natural Bridge location said they hadn’t seen any Tax King employees for several days.
The company claims to have 14 locations in St. Louis, and one in East St. Louis.
IRS officials would not comment on the investigation, but said agents were on "official business."
The St. Louis Circuit Attorney's office is investigating a case in connection to a Tax King employee.